Public Programming? Pedagogical Practices in a Missing
Europe, a study day at Middlesex University, 30th June 2016.
Janna Graham: The Problem with Platforms: Public
Programming at the Juncture of Possible and Impossible Publics.
This discussion will highlight contradictions linked with contemporary
practices of public programming, which at once propose to enact the public
sphere as a site for social change and at the same time pose a prime example of
post-fordist dynamics in which spectacles of discourse are divorced from
committed action, what theorist Paulo Virno describes as ‘publicness without a
public sphere’. How do we mark the difference between public programming’s
multiple genealogies in emancipatory adult education and in neoliberalism’s
proliferation of dis-ingenuous platforms for participation and discussion? How
does this struggle manifest in contemporary practice?
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